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WHAT IS A HOSPITAL?

The Louisiana Hospital Licensing Standards define a "Hospital" as any institution, place, building or agency, public or private, whether for profit or not, maintaining and operating facilities, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, having 10 licensed beds or more, properly staffed and equipped for the diagnosis, treatment and care of persons admitted for overnight stay or longer who are suffering from illness, injury, infirmity or deformity or other physical or mental condition for which medical, surgical and/or obstetrical services would be available and appropriate.

WHAT DOES NOT REQUIRE LICENSING AS A HOSPITAL?
The term "hospital" does not include the following:

  • physicians' offices, clinics or programs where patients are not kept as bed patients for 24 hours or more;
  • nursing homes providing intermediate and/or skilled care as defined by and regulated under the provisions of R.S. 40:2009-2009.3;
  • persons, schools, institutions or organizations engaged in the care and treatment of the mentally retarded and which are required to be licensed by the provisions of R.S. 28:421-427; R.S. 28:562-566;
  • hospitalization or care facilities maintained by the state at any of its penal or correctional institutions;
  • hospitalization or care facilities maintained by the federal government or agencies thereof;
  • infirmaries or clinics maintained solely by any college or university exclusively for treatment of faculty, students and employees.

Note: Facilities under 10 beds shall not be licensed as a hospital and shall not care for patients overnight unless authorized to do so under another state law.

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

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Contact Information

Lori Guillory, Hospital Program Manager
(225) 342-6194
Lori.Guillory@la.gov